Wednesday, August 29, 2007

snapping out of it

I’ve been really tired the last few days. I basically did nothing between my last draining bridge run on Saturday and this morning’s bridge run with Hilary. This morning I actually felt pretty good on the run, although it took me a couple of blocks to get the flow going.

Energy flow is a complicated thing. I think there were a lot of factors that were dragging me down, including: jet lag, general fatigue, depleted energy reserves left over from my crash diet, readapting to the heat after a couple weeks of cool drizzle… So, I guess this dip in the flow should have been expected, but there are many times when my energy flow takes a dip and I can’t really explain it. It’s also tough to know when to push through it and when to let your body rest it out.

One of the things that helped me regain some of my mojo today was watching the World Championships of Track and Field over the weekend – I saw a qualifying round of the women’s 10,000 meters. It was really impressive. They’ve got some incredible strides. I tried to copy them on this mornings run and I immediately felt that energy flow kick up.

There’s a race this weekend that I’m considering running in. It’s the Mt. Baldy Run to the Top. It’s on one of my favorite mountains in the world (tied for first with Brown Mtn, of course). It’s an eight-mile course to the top/finish. It’s a pretty steep course (about 4,000 feet of elevation gain), and it’ll be pretty hot, but it will certainly be beautiful up there. I’m just not sure yet where my energy level will be and I’m honestly not sure if I want to wake up that early. Anyway, maybe this year, maybe next…


Geoff said...

you should go for the mt. baldy run. sleeping in is nice... but so is getting up early to run up to a mountain peak.

Jonah said...

Thanks for the encouragement. It helped me make it out there.